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The Book of Holes

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A Hole is Nothing with Something Around It…

Chocolate Factory Publishing launches New iPad app, The Book of Holes, based on the award-winning children's book

 

Brooklyn, New York (July 25th, 2013) – When The Book of Holes was first published in Denmark in 2006, it was unlike any other children’s book on the shelves. It wasn’t a once upon a time story or a humdrum ABC book.

 

Instead, it was a book about nothing—and everything. It was a work of art with a hole in the middle that you could stick your finger through. It was praised by critics as “genius” and “one of the most fantastic illustrated books I’ve ever read.” And, most importantly, it was a book that encouraged parents and children to talk to one another.

 

So when Chocolate Factory Publishing decided to adapt The Book of Holes for the iPad, they knew they had to make something that was as whimsical and provocative as the book itself—an app like no other app. And they’ve succeeded, creating an utterly original children’s app that captures the visual artistry of the book, while fully embracing the interactive capabilities of the iPad. Exploring everything from the wonders of the universe to the most mundane of bodily functions, The Book of Holes is an educational tool with a ton of humor and an offbeat attitude. Best of all, it still has that all-important hole in the middle… a hole with something very special around it!

 

Kayoko Suzuki-Lange, cofounder of Chocolate Factory Publishing, says, “We want to create children’s apps that are more than just digital babysitters—we want to make apps that parents and children will share. And The Book of Holes is exactly that—watching kids and parents using the app together, I’ve been thrilled at how it really gets them talking. I’ve heard some pretty extraordinary discussions going on between toddlers and adults. The app encourages children’s natural inquisitiveness… and it reminds us grown-ups to take a fresh look at the world around us as well. Of course, if you are looking for something to mesmerize your kids on a long car trip, it works perfectly in that regard, too!”

 

The Book of Holes includes:

• Over 100 interactive elements that foster visual identification and build observation and motor skills, including skill-based games such as rearranging pictures and playing music

• Educational material that teaches children about everything from the structure of the eye to the origins of the universe

• Beautiful collage-style illustrations by award-winning artist Poul Lange

• Original sound effects by Zero Boy, renowned human beat box and voice acrobat

• Stunning graphics and animations optimized for the iPad

• Option to read to yourself or listen to narration

• Index feature for easy navigation and a Clues page to ensure all features are fully explored

 

Device Requirements

Compatible with all iPads. Requires 290 MB.

 

Availability and Pricing

The Book of Holes is available from the iTunes App Store for $4.99.

 

About Chocolate Factory Publishing

Chocolate Factory Publishing is a Brooklyn-based company that creates innovative apps for education and entertainment. For more information, please visit the website (chocfacpub.com), become a fan of The Book of Holes on Facebook, and follow @chocfacpub on Twitter.

 

Media Contact

Tracey Hill: tracey@chocfacpub.com

When 3.1 Million Pixels Meet 237 Holes…

Chocolate Factory Publishing launches The Book of Holes, the stunning new retina-display iPad app based on the award-winning illustrated children's book

 

Brooklyn, New York (July 25th, 2013) – When The Book of Holes was first published in Denmark in 2006, it was unlike any other children’s book on the shelves. It wasn’t a once upon a time story or a humdrum ABC book.

 

Instead, it was a book about nothing—and everything. It was a work of art with a hole in the middle that you could stick your finger through. It was praised by critics as “genius” and “one of the most fantastic illustrated books I’ve ever read.” And, most importantly, it was a book that encouraged parents and children to talk to one another.

 

So when Chocolate Factory Publishing decided to adapt The Book of Holes for the iPad, they knew they had to create an app that captured the visual artistry of the original book—and they enhanced this with 107 interactive features! This was not without its challenges: most children’s apps stick to fairly basic, cartoon-style graphics, but The Book of Holes’ collages are richly textured. The app’s programmer, Rob Seward, commented, “One of the things that made the original book so compelling was its very detailed illustrations—but high resolution images take up a lot of memory, and we had to figure out how to manage this so that the collages could be both stunning to look at and speedily interactive.”

 

It took a bit of trial and error—and a lot of custom memory management—but Chocolate Factory Publishing has more than succeeded in meeting this challenge, creating an utterly original app that captures the beauty of the book, while fully embracing the interactive capabilities of the iPad. Exploring everything from the wonders of the universe to the most mundane of bodily functions, The Book of Holes is an educational tool with lots of bells and whistles, and an offbeat attitude. Best of all, it still has that all-important hole in the middle…

 

The book’s author and illustrator, Poul Lange, is thrilled with the metamorphosis. “The Book of Holes on the iPad looks just as fantastic as the original book—only shinier! In fact, I think I might like it even better as an app… it’s just delightful to see your art come to life and talk back to you.”

 

The Book of Holes includes:

• Over 100 interactive elements that foster visual identification and build observation and motor skills, including skill-based games such as rearranging pictures and playing music

• Educational material that teaches children about everything from the structure of the eye to the origins of the universe

• Beautiful collage-style illustrations by award-winning artist Poul Lange

• Original sound effects by Zero Boy, renowned human beat box and voice acrobat

• Stunning graphics and animations optimized for the iPad

• Option to read to yourself or listen to narration

• Index feature for easy navigation and a Clues page to ensure all features are fully explored

 

Device Requirements

Compatible with all iPads. Requires 290 MB.

 

Availability and Pricing

The Book of Holes is available from the iTunes App Store for $4.99.

 

About Chocolate Factory Publishing

Chocolate Factory Publishing is a Brooklyn-based company that creates innovative apps for education and entertainment. For more information, please visit the website (chocfacpub.com), become a fan of The Book of Holes on Facebook, and follow @chocfacpub on Twitter.

 

Media Contact

Tracey Hill: tracey@chocfacpub.com